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On the Infinity of Debt
A striking aspect of current debt is that it seems characterized by limitlessness in space and time. Benjamin’s account of capitalism as a permanent cult gives a clue to its peculiar infinity. Debt shows the traits ...
The Real (of) Debt: Notes Toward an Ethics of Trash
Drawing from Jean Baudrillard’s critique of the National Debt Clock at Times square, Georges Bataille’s The Accursed Share, and David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest, this paper examines those material ...
Fiction without Fantasy: Capital Fetishism as Objective Forgetting
In my paper I briefly examine three popular mystifications of the concept of capital, before I further argue that the concept of fetishism should be conceived of as a process of social forgetting. I argue that we are living ...
Debt, à la Lettre: The Promise of Debt and the Duty of the Indebted
This paper demonstrates that the logic of debt is founded on an infinite task, amounting to a process of continual repayment with never an end in sight. This infinite task expresses as its inner contradiction: “borrow, ...
Exchange-Value and the Concealment of Theft and Violence
Exploring the phantom-like objectivity of exchange-value, this paper seeks to analyze the ways in which capitalist exchange relations conceal theft, violence, and exploitation. This paper begins with a critical analysis ...
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Reconsidering Debt Remission in Light of the Ancient World
This article situates the recent calls for debt remission, or Jubilee, in terms of the history of debt. It goes back to ancient Southwest Asia (and Rome), where we find three functions of debt. It was primarily a means for ...
Parasites on Unwilling Hosts: Student Loan Debt and the Generation of Value
This paper focuses on the way in which the student loan system in the United States functions as a means of value-generation via the creation of indebted students. In order to exhibit the way in which the student loan ...